Located on the west side of Manhattan, New York City, Greenwich Village is also called as only ‘the village’ by the locals. This place is surrounded by Broadway from the east, 14th Street from north, Hudson River from the west and Houston Street from the south. The name of the village was originated from the Dutch name ‘Groenwijck’ which means ‘Green District’.
In the 20th century, the village was known as asylum of artists. Greenwich Village is the birthplace of Jimi Hendrix, Beatnik movement, and Bob Dylan. Some notable places in this area Washington Square Park, the New School and New York University. Just like other Manhattan areas, Greenwich Village has undergone gentrification process.
The increase in rental prices has changed the status of residents from starving artists to NYU students.
The total population of Greenwich Village is 22,785 and the density is 30,000/km2 (79,000/sq mi).
Murray Hill, SoHo, East Village and West Village.
Greenwich Village remained a house of collegiate institutions from its early days. In 1973, NYU moved its campus from West Bronx to Greenwich Village. Washington Square Park is the centre of excellence in the village. Other similar smaller parks in this area are Time Landscape, Christopher, Minetta Triangle, and Father Fagan.
The city is also home to many theatres including Astor Place Theater. Comedy clubs are also a part of Greenwich culture and the famous comedy club Comedy Cellar is situated here which gave a platform to many American stand-up comedians.
Many publications have their offices in the village including the Village Voice, American Heritage, and Fortune. For music lovers, Greenwich Village is heaven as The Bitter End which is New York’s oldest music club is still entertaining people with Storytelling Slam and the Moth.
Buildings – Flat or Tall?
Most of the apartments in the village are pre-war but there is number of small-growing buildings with luxurious facilities. According to the Forbes report of 2014, Greenwich Village was among the top 10 most expensive places in New York City.
In 1644, the land was divided into the eleven freed Dutch African settlers. Till 1713, Greenwich Village had no existence in the record of city. In the early 20th century, Greenwich Village was considered as an important landmark on the map of American Bohemian culture.
Greenwich residents were progressive in their attitudes which made this place a focal point of new movements. In the 1800’s, art galleries, theatres, and newspapers made village their home and since then this small place of Manhattan is birthplace of many artists like Jack Kerouac, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix.
The end of the 20th century has ended the bohemian culture in Greenwich Village and many artists mourn about it. And the sole reason for this is the high prices of apartments. Many artists moved to neighbourhood areas like Long Island City, SoHo, and Williamsburg.
If you are in this area, there is plenty to do like indie film watching, coffee sipping, pizza eating, and boutique shopping and music club hopping.
Visit this village in October and enjoy the event of Halloween Parade which is one of the largest parades in the country.